1. What does Joseph explain to his daughter, Anna, in a letter that is attached to a box of his belongings?
Joseph explains to his daughter that he doesn't have anything to leave her, but he does leave her his journals about his life in Shanghai.
2. How does Anna's mother feel about their home in Shanghai at the start of the book?
Genevieve feels that Shanghai has always been a temporary home for the family, according to her opinion.
3. How did Anna's parents meet before deciding to get married and have a child together?
Anna's parents meet at Vanderbilt University where they are students before eventually going to Shanghai for Joseph's work.
4. What does Joseph do with Anna when they go to the Foreign Correspondents Club on Saturday mornings?
Joseph quizzes Anna on her knowledge of Shanghai and the various buildings in the city when they go to the club on Saturday mornings.
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